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The Strobe staff is 

thinking of changing 

our newspaper's name 




Wednesday, April 2, 1997 

16 Pages 

North Street will 
receive a face lift 

By Alexa Reed 
Staff Writer 

North Street is a narrow path 
surrounded by run-down build- 
ings and old factories. Steve 
Lanciani, Director of Facilities 
sees a street with businesses and 
an FSC athletic facility. This is 
possibly the future North Street. 

The renovations of the North 
Street have been moving along. 
Lanciani said that "some are fur- 
ther along than others." 

A current improvement is the 
Intermodal Transportation Facil- 
ity. In the past year, it has gone 
from a blue print to a fully func- 
tional train and bus depot. 'This 

is an important facility for access 
to both the city and to FSC. It is 
the foundation of the commit- 
ment to link the college with 
downtown," said Lanciani. 

North Street is in the process 
of becoming "a boulevard of 
sorts." Behind the Dunkin Do- 
nuts shop is the site for the relo- 
cated fire department. Further 
such changes are imminent. 

Lanciani continued, "the 
street will be widened, deterio- 
rated utilities will be replaced, 
decorative and more efficient 
lighting will be installed, and an 
attractive, tree-lined pedestrian 

see FA CE LIFT on pg 4 

Special Olympics 

comes to Elliot Held 

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By Karen Buckley 
Staff Writer 

The month of April is Disability Awareness Month at Fitchburg 
State College. Many events will take place on campus during the 
month of April to promote awareness of people with disabilities. 

One of the highlights will be the Special Olympics Fun Day on 
April 10 from 11 am to 2 am at Elliot Field. Fifty athletes from the 
Massachusetts Special Olympics will be on campus to participate in 
a variety of games. Each one of the 50 Special Olympians from the 
North Central Massachusetts area will be paired up with a volunteer 
from the FSC community. 

Buses will leave from Aubachon to Elliot field every half hour 
beginning at 10 am on April 10th. 

Games of the Special Olympics include a 50, 100, and 200-meter 
sprint, a 400-meter relay, the shot put, a running jump, and a stand- 
ing long jump. Winners will be determined by combining the scores 
of the Special Olympian and their respective FSC teammate. 

Disability services is still looking for 15-20 volunteers from the 
campus community to be starters, time recorders, ribbon distribu- 
tors, and assist in setting up pre- game activities. These volunteers 
can be faculty, students, or staff members. 

Those interested in volunteering for this event, should contact 
Debra Roberts, Director of Disability Services, at (508) 665-3427. 

The entire FSC community and McKay Elementary students are 
invited to come watch the games and cheer on the athletes. 

Citizens of the year at Fitchburg State College (Starting from left)Cristy, Tanya, Andrea, Heidi 

FSC Citizens of the Year 

By Presley Reece 
'$ Staff writer 

Four students were recently 
honored as part of Fitchburg 
State College's Year of the Citi- 
zen campaign. These students 
were selected from the eighty 
nominees submitted by students, 
faculty, and staff. The award 
was given to students who regu- 
larly demonstrate dedication and 



by Anne Gilbert 
Staff writer 

-Congratulations to all the 
winners of the elections. The 
new Student Government Presi- 
dent for the '97-'98 school year 
will be Kevin Fenlon. Elections 
were successful and an over- 
whelming 326 students partici- 
pated in the vote. 

-At the meeting on March 25, 
President Zach Darrow reported 
that the new Recreation Center 
is scheduled to break ground in 
April or May of 1 998 and hope- 
fully be finished by late 1999. 

Of the current student body, 
only freshman may see the Rec- 

see SGA on pg 4 

service to the college and com- 

Andrea Rose-Ann Felix is the 
recipient for the month of Feb- 
ruary. She is a member of the 
Psychology club, Sign Language 
club, Smart Choices Peer Edu- 
cators, and MASSPIRG. An- 
drea also works at a summer 
camp for children of parents 
with AIDS and participates in 
their programs throughout the 
school year. She feels that her 
greatest accomplishment has 
been planning and organizing 
National Hunger and Homeless 
Week at Fitchburg State College. 

Tanya Pinckney is the recipi- 
ent for the month of March. She 
is a Nursing major, Vice-Presi- 
dent of the Black Student Union, 
co-chairperson for African- 
American History Month, Sec- 
retary of the Programs Commit- 
tee, founding member of the 
Homecoming Committee, and 
member of the Nursing Associa- 
tion. Tanya has managed to 
juggle this busy schedule, work 
as a resident Assistant in Russell 
Towers, as well as maintain a 2.8 

see CITIZENS on pg 2 

Judy Natal captures 
culture in her art 

by Presley Reese 
Staff writer 

Photographs by Judy Natal, 
a professor of art at Nazareth 
College, will be on exhibit in the 
Fitchburg State College Art Gal- 
lery, March 12 through April 17. 
Natal's work is part of the 
permanent collection at muse- 
ums throughout the US, France, 
and Brazil. 

Natal has been examining 
cultural ideals of feminine 
beauty throughout her career. 

Questions concerning the way 
museums act as framing devices 
for culture, what they collect - 
and by extension, what they ig- 
nore - culminated in Natal's se- 
ries Cabinets of Curiosities. 
Photographs, she has said, are 
"fragments of experience con- 
structed by the artist to suggest 
other levels of meaning within 
her illusioned reality." 

She writes, "I create intersec- 
tions, through metaphor, be- 

see ART on pg 7 

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April 2, 1997 


Campus crime still haunts FSC 

By Vanessa Manni 
News Editor 

A year has gone by since gun- 
tire shocked Fitchburg State 
College last March in Mara Vil- 
dmosi killing two students, 
and putting tear in the minds of 
the student body. 

The two criminals. Preston 
Johnson. 21 and Damon Polk, 
18, of Fitchburg, were found 
guilty and sentenced to serve 5 
to 7 years in prison. Fear still 
lingers in the college commu- 

The two victims of this ran- 
dom crime were unavailable for 
comment on the sentencing of 
their aggressors. However, other 
Fitchburg State College stu- 
dents, commented on their feel- 
ings of safety on campus. 

Sophomore Alysa Alti does 
not feel safe parking in the last 
lot of North Street, so much so 

that she drives to school at 8:00 
am in order to get a parking spot 
in one of the first lots. "It makes 
me uncomfortable and uneasy- if 
1 have a late class and I have to 
walk in that kind of a neighbor- 
hood," said Alti, "I just don't feel 

Another student, Ashley 
Kelly, a former resident of Day 
Street, moved out of the area af- 
ter discovering that the tenant 
below her was a prosperous drug 
dealer. She recalls sleepless 
nights, awakened by angry 'cus- 
tomers' or police banging on 
door below. Kelley said, "I felt 
as if I was constandy caught in 
a bad situation, a witness to a 
perpetual crime." 

This feeling of insecurity and 
fright on the Fitchburg State 
College campus is nothing new. 
Mary Flynn, a Psychology Ma- 
jor, who graduated from FSC in 
1977, lived on Highland Avenue 

Wheelchair B-ball 
game to be held 

By Karen Buckley 
Staff Writer 

A Wheelchair Basketball 
Game, Fitchburg State College 
versus the Baystate Wheelers, 
will be held on- April 23 at FSC's 
Parkinson Gym starting at 
7:30 pm. Tickets for the event 
are S3 per person and will be 
sold in G-Lobby one week 
prior to the game, and at 
the door as well. 

Proceeds from the 
Wheelchair Basketball 
event will go to the 
Garrett Conrad Scholar 
ship Fund and the Cogito Ergo 
Sum CC.E.S.) Society which pro- 
motes awareness among stu- 
dents with and without disabili- 

Raffle tickets will be on sale 
at the door for a truly valuable 
prize. The winner will receive 

the Celtics 1986 Championship 
game ball which has the signa- 
tures of the team. Raffle tickets 
will also be available for a 
chance to win other fabulous 

During halftime there will be 
an Award Ceremony for the win- 
ners of the Disability Intramu- 
ral Games held previously; 
namely One-Arm Polo Ball 
(played today), the Go Ball 
Game on April 9, and 
the One-Arm Beach 
Volleyball Game 
on April 16. 
Gold medals will 
be handed out to the first place 
winners, silver medals to the sec- 
ond place winners and bronze 
medals to the third place win- 
ners. During halftime there will 
be a $1 Wheelchair Basketball 
Shot Contest for anyone who 
wants to show off their skills. 

Become a part of 
crime prevention 

Those with concerns or ideas regarding the safety of this cam- 
pus, the Crime Prevention Committee invites you to come to one 
of our meetings and discuss your issues. These meetings are open 
to ail students, faculty, and staff. 

Also, those interested in joining this committee should attend 
one of our meetings 

The committee looks forward to active student participation on 
the committee Meetings wi 11 be held on a rotating basis in all five 
of the residence halls. Those with questions should contact: John 
Shealy ^^^^P 

Box #4651. 

Meeting times and dates are as follows: 

Thursday, March 27th at 6 p.m. in Russell Towers, C2 Lounge 
Thursday, April 3rd at 6 p.rru in Mara Village, Commons Bldg. 
Thursday, April 10th at 6 p.m. in Aubuchon Hall, Main Lounge 
Thursday, April 17 th at 6 p.m. in Heriiby Hall, Main Lounge 
Thursday, April 24th at 6 p.m. in Townhouse*, Commons Bldg. 

her freshman year at college. 
Her most distinct memory other 
first year away from home in- 
volves finding a body in a gut- 
ter one Monday morning as she 
was walking to her class. Flynn 
also remembers carrying mace 
at all times, "...after being fol- 
lowed home several times from 
the library, I felt that I had to 
protect myself." 

In 1 990, Congress passed the 
Student Right-io-Know and 
Campus Security Act, 
which requires colleges and uni- 
versities nationwide to disclose 
campus crime statistics and cam- 
pus security policies. 

In 1996, Fitchburg State Col- 
lege compiled and distributed 
statistics from the previous three 
years, as required by the bill. 
These are available in the Pub- 
lic Safety Building, along with 

see CRIME on pg 4 


DATE: March 31, 1996 

TIME: shortly after 




CRIMINALS: Preston D. 

Johnson and Damon Polk 

VICTIMS: Jeremy Burby 

and Catherine Croteau 

MOTIVE: Criminals in 

need of drug money 

WHAT: Criminals shoot 

at and threaten students 




The Criminals are 
currently serving 5-7 
years in Walpole State 
Prison. They pleaded 
guilty to 6 different 
charges; including armed 
assault with intent to 

Adelphian Society gives back to the community. 

Adelphian Society takes 
strides to clean city streets 

By Daneen Martin 
Contributing Writer 

On Sunday, March 2, 1997, the Adelphian Society helped to make 
Fitchburg a cleaner place to live. The club picked up garbage along 
the trashy streets of Fitchburg around the college. The club felt the 
streets around FSC needed a little maintenance. 

The Adelphian Society is a local sorority at Fitchburg State Col- 
lege. They were founded on February 18, 1949. The sorority par- 
ticipates in many community services each year. Those interested in 
becoming part of the Adelphian Society, should write to campus box 

Citizens of the year 


continued from page 1 

Heidi E. Waring is the recipi- 
ent for the month of April. She 
is a Nursing major, part-time 
employee at Health Services and 
Park Hill Family Practice, and a 
volunteer for the Great Ameri- 
can Smoke-Out. 

Cristy Lee Potter is the re- 
cipient for the month of May. 
She is a psychology major and 

President of the Cogito Ergo 
Sume Society. Cristy also 
teaches high school students 
with disabilities and their parents 
how to make easier transitions 
from secondary school to higher 
education or to the work force. 
Recipients received certifi- 
cates of achievement, a reserved 
parking space, and a gift certifi- 
cate to the FSC bookstore. Con- 
gratulations to these outstanding 






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and do not necessarily reflect 
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staff, or Fitchburg State Col- 

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times and a contact person. 

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April 2, 1997 


Campus crime lingers 
on in students* minus 

North St. renovation 


continued from page 2 

additional pamphlets concerning 
studeni safety. 

From 1993 to 1995, the re- 
pod holds that Fitchburg State 
College has a clean record: no 
murders, no robberies, no mo- 
ld vehicle theft, and no hate 
crimes. Also, arrests for liquor 
law abuse and drug abuse had 
decreased drastically over the 
two years. The next report will 
come out in 1999, and will dis- 
play crime statistics for 1996, 
1997. and 1998. 

On August 2, 1996, the Op- 
portunities Committee of the 
104th Congress approved, along 
with two other related bills, the 
House Resolution 470. This 
resolution, which deals with 
campus crime, was passed to 
make sure that colleges and uni- 
versities complied with the re- 
porting procedures and respon- 
sibilities outlined in the Campus 
Security Act of 1990. 

Crime prevention has not 
only attracted national attention, 
but has flourished on the cam- 
pus level, a result of Fitchburg 
State students having formed a 
number of committees over the 
past few years. 

This year marked the dawn- 
ing of the Crime Prevention 

Committee, which is lead by stu- 
dents and advised by the head of 
Campus Police. Ted 
Cunningham. The Sexual 
Assault Task force is another 
active committee on the campus. 
On February 12, 1997, legis- 
lation was proposed to further 
the movement in campus safety, 
which if passed, will "eliminate 
the loopholes and ambiguity in 

Students are 
scared. They 
are afraid to 
walk on North 
Street after the 
sun sets 

several areas: annual crime sta- 
tistics, campus crime logs, cam- 
pus disciplinary proceedings and 
enforcement of the law." 

One of the major reasons 
that the bill has been proposed 
is the lack of enforcement of the 
Campus Security Act of 1990. 
According to a 1995 study done 
by the University of Cincinnati, 
"only 36% of all responding 
schools fully complied with the 
statistical reporting require- 
ments of the Campus Security 

Act." The proposed bill en- 
forces more accuracy and regu- 
lation by sanctioning federal 

With campus safety bills be- 
ing passed through congress left 
and right, college students 
should feel safer on campus. 
However, the events that tran- 
spired on the evening of March 
31,1 9% prove that mere report- 
ing and regulation cannot pre- 
vent random acts of violence. 

The bills that have been 
passed in the last ten years have 
mainly focused on the post- 
crime-action, rather than crime 

Students are scared. They 
are afraid to walk on North 
Street after the sun sets on 
Fitchburg State College. They 
are afraid to park their cars at 
McKay for fear that they will 
not be there the next day, or 
worse that they might be as- 
saulted during the long haul 
back to their dormitories. 

Jeremy Burby and Catherine 
Croteau escaped that dark, cold 
night, without becoming a sta- 
tistic. Preston Johnson and 
Damon Polk are in prison, and 
could be released in as little as 
five years. This is a reminder to 
Congress of the potential and 
existing crime on campuses na- 


continued from page 1 

walkv/ay will be made." 

Lanciani also noted "the pro- 
cess of making North Street a 
two-way street will provide 
easy access to parking lots for 
students and visitors; this will 
create an FSC link with down- 

Administrators are working 

"... construction 
could begin by 
the end of next 
winter and 
could be com- 
pleted at the end 
of 1998..." 

with city officials to ensure 
safety for cars and pedestrians 
at both North and Main and 
North and Pearl street intersec- 

"Traffic lights are under con- 
sideration as well as physical 
reconfiguration and possibly 
something like cobblestone 
walkways to force traffic to 
slow down," Lanciani said. 

The much talked about ath- 
letic and recreation center is 
costing approximately $ 1 2 mil- 

Recent trend shows 

demand in the law field 

By Anne Gilbert 
Staff Writer 

What do you call a thousand 
lawyers at the bottom of the 
ocean? The answer io this popu- 
lar joke is "a good start" indi- 
cating an over saturated market. 
However, this may not be true 
anymore. Recent career trend 
studies have shown that the field 
of law is growing and many 
employers are scrambling to hire 
recent graduates. 

The tactics some firms are 
taking to hire qualified corporate 
law associates ir, not unlike an 
auction. Many firms arc lobby- 
ing new associates by outbid- 
ding othei firms with competi- 
tive wages because the market 
is so dry. 

The advantages these com- 
petitive firms are offering is a 
working environment that places 
more emphasis on an associates 
personal health by lowering 

stress in the office. The low 
stress environment offered by 
some firms is achieved by re- 
quiring less "billable hours" and 
a recognizably new emphasis on 
family life. 

Boston appears to be the cor- 
porate law center as this boom- 
ing business crashes into the 
next millennium. According to 
a recent publication in Business 
Journal (February 7, 1997), cor- 
porate law is one hot field and 
salaries are on the rise. 

Maureen Shea, director of 
legal services hiring for the Bos- 
ton based firm Goodwin, Proc- 
tor, & Hoar, was quoted in Busi- 
ness Journal as saying, "We're 
hiring like crazy. I'm looking for 
corporate, litigation, [and] tax 
lawyers. The problem is find- 
ing good people." 

A possible explanation for 
this increase in demand could be 
the presumed over saturation of 
the law field. This professional 

track has become more appeal- 
ing due to salary increases. An- 
other reason may be that the 
"baby-boomer" lawyers are 
now retiring, leaving many 
open positions, according to 
Business Journal. 

Also, starting salaries for 
new graduates have jumped 
$18,000 over the last ten years, 
according to a study done by the 
National Law Journal (July 15, 

The question on many law 
students' mind are. ..will this 
trend last? The answer is some- 
what of a Pandoras Box be- 
cause, according to recruiter 
Catherine S. Michaelson, prin- 
cipal of New York's Michaelson 
Associates, "this has been one 
of the best years we've ever had. 
But, I've some concern for the 
second half of the year," be- 
cause, as Law Journal Extra! 
(August 19, 1996) states, "the 
market is so unsure." 

However, many firms are 
hiring new associates on a con- 
tract basis. For new lawyers, 
this type of work provides good 
experience but no job security. 
Such hesitancy in firms is due, 
primarily, to the unpredictability 
of the market. Many firms are 
concerned about hiring a perma- 
nent staff until this trend be- 
comes consistent. 

Daniel J. DiLucchio, princi- 
pal of Newton Square, 
Pennsylvania's Altman Weil 
Pensa Inc., explained the advan- 
tage of this kind of hiring for 
firms in a recent article pub- 
lished in Law Journal Extra! 
(August 19, 1996). He said, 
"With a contract, you can get the 
talent you want while retaining 

For many law students, the 
mere prospect of being hired 
looks great, but not secure. 
Today's graduates would simply 
appreciate a job in their field 

lion, and according to Lanciani, 
it is in the final design and con- 
struction phase. "If all goes 
well, construction could begin 
by the end of next winter and 
could be completed at the end of 
1998 or the beginning of 1999." 

Currently, all full time stu- 
dents pay $84 per semester, and 
part time students are paying $7 
per credit hour for the facility. 

"This fee is essential for us 
to construct this very important 
building because the State re- 
fuses to provide more than one 
half of the costs of the new fa- 
cilities," says Lanciani. He 
added, "without student support 
we would continue to be in the 
dark ages when it comes to 
health, fitness, sports, and ath- 
letic programs." 

The question on everybody's 
mind these days is whether the 
renovations on North Street will 
give students more parking 
spaces. Lanciani is aware of the 
strain on this issue, and he says 
that there are plans to construct 
a parking facility on North 

These long range plans in- 
clude a parking deck. "Unfortu- 
nately, this will cost $2 to $3 
million and we need to see how 
much the athletic and recreation 
center costs before more plan- 
ning can begin. We will, how- 
ever, continue to seek funds 
through the capital planning pro- 
cess for more parking." 




continued from page 1 

reation Center open. All current 
students are funding the center 
despite their graduation date. 
Freshman students hoping for 
swimming pools may be 
dissappointedaswell. Decisions 
on the Recreational center have 
yet to be finalized 

Another idea being tossed 
around for the Recreation Cen- 
ter is a parking deck on North 
Street, this also has not been de- 
cided yet. 

-Good news for all students 
who feel the computer lab print- 
ers are slightly archaic, the IBM 
lab will be implementing laser 
printers soon. If students con- 
tinue to impatiently push print 
buttons excessivly, wasting pa- 
per, they may be required to 
supply their own paper or pay for 
documents printed. 

Orange Crush fans may re- 
joice. The Class of 1999 has 
booked them in the Pub for May 
7th, which should be a great suc- 
cess. It's their last performance 
at FSC this year. 

SGA meets every Tuesday 
night in G-04 at 6:30 pm. 


April 2, 1997 


Twigs and sticks and cycles, oh my! 

Nichole E. Moreau 
Co-Features Editor 

Why is this newspaper called 
The Strobe"? No one 
really knows. It's 
been called that 
since 1982. Now 
fifteen years later, 
The Strobe staff 
contemplates a 
drastic change con- 
sisting of a new 
name and format tor 
the FSC newspaper. 
In light of this 
potential change, 
we at the Strobe 
have decided to explore the 
FSC newspaper's history before 
deciding its future. 

In 1916, the first FSC news- 
paper was born. This paper as- 
sumed the name Normal News 
after the college's former name, 
The Normal School. The 
humble beginnings of the pa- 
per consisted of a four page lay- 
out, allowing about a half a 
page for each sec- 
tion of the paper. 

The paper grew 
through the years. 
It changed names 
frequently. The 
State Norma- Lite, 
created in 1923, 
was the next in the 
series. The form 
of this paper re- 
sembles a booklet 
more than a news- 
paper. , Editions 
were published only once a se- 

Normalcy made a come- 
back in 1 928 with The Normal 
Record. Much like its prede- 
cessor Normal News, it featured 
four pages in much the same 
style. The format of this paper 
changed to eight pages in 1 930. 
The next significant alter- 
ation occurred in 1935. The 
Hickory Stick was developed. 
This paper was by far the most 
sophisticated of FSC newspa- 
pers back then . It featured an 
astonishing twenty pages, again 
in a booklet format. The Stick 

followed in 1 936. Although its 
beginnings were a mere four 
pages, it grew by 1943 to twelve 
pages with more defined sec- 

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Maintaining the stick motif, 
The Twig was created in 1946. 
Due to a lack of funds, this pa- 
per appeared in the form of a 
stapled bundle of mimeograph 
pages. The name and the pic- 
tures were all hand-drawn and 
the printing was in regular type- 
writer font. However, funding 
returned and The Stick was re- 
stored in the form of a regular 



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newspaper with a myriad of 

1 956 witnessed the develop- 
ment of The Kampus Vue, a six 
page newspaper that changed 
appearance frequently. The 
Kampus Vue was maintained 
until the most revolutionary of 
FSC newspapers was intro- 
duced, The Cycle. 

The appearance of The Cycle 
was definitely in tune with the 
retro style of the sixties. The 
title was hand-drawn with the V 
at the end extending into a pic- 
ture of a child enclosed in a 
womb. This paper was respon- 

sible for great controversy at 
FSC that eventually ended in a 

At the end of September of 
1969, the editors of The Cycle 
decided to include 
an autobiographical 
article written by 
Black Panther 
leader, Eldridge 
Cleaver, called 
Black Moochie. 
Due to the contro- 
versial content of the 
article, President 
James Hammond re- 
fused to provide 
funding for the pub- 
lication of the news- 
This decision by 
Hammond was in opposition to 
The Cycle s editorial policy and 
SGA policy. 

After great debate between 
President Hammond and the 
editors of the paper, no resolu- 
tion could be agreed upon. In 
frustration and protest, all of the 
editors resigned and filed a law- 
suit against President 
Hammond. This 
case was brought 
to federal court 
where the suit 
ended in favor of 
the editorial staff. 
Hammond could 
not infringe on the 
students' first 
amendment rights. 
This case set pre- 
cedent for censor- 
ship cases that fol- 
In 1975, The Rhetoric was 
formed. This newspaper ap- 
peared much like The Strobe 
that followed in 1982. This 
same format has been main- 
tained since then. 

The FSC newspaper has 
come in numerous forms and 
styles through the years, always 
keeping its students informed 
for eighty -one years. Now that 
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Get your career in gear 

by Karen Druker 
Contributing Writer 

Career Services is located on the third floor of the Hammond build- 
ing. The staff includes Doug Sherman, Director, Jeanette Russeau, 
Assistant Director, Joan Perkins, Office Manager, and Robin Penny, 
a graduate intern. 

"This is an office that is open. You have a lifetime membership," 
says Russeau, "Even as alumni, you can come back and use the ser- 
vices. There is no charge." Career Services has its own library filled 
with books on job preparatory skills, careers, majors, employers, and 
graduate schools. They also have several computer programs and 
access to the internet. 

Many students drop in to choose a major or to investigate other 
majors because of their discontent with their current major. Career 
Services provides undeclared majors and others with a variety of 
career assessment tools. They administer a career assessment test. 
"We sit down and talk with them about what they're thinking. We 
give them a lot of career information. It's individual. It depends on 
the person," says Russeau. 

Career Services offers several workshops on career related issues 
such as interviewing, resume writing, and cover letters. They also 
hold alumni pizza panels. During the pizza panels, F.S.C. alumni 
come back to talk about their jobs and how they got them. "The 
alumni are always willing to come back. They love to be able to help 
the students out," says Russeau. The panel consists of about five or 
six people who talk about what they do in their field. 

The Extern Program is a unique program that allows a stu- 
dent to shadow someone for two days in a place they're interested in 
working. Russeau says, "If you're interested in a certain job and an 
alumni is working there, you can shadow them." 

A job bulletin is published twice a month. It is a list of full-time 
jobs and internships. The bulletin is available to anyone on campus. 
Recent alumni often subscribe to it. 

Career Services is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:00 
p.m. Drop-in hours are from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. daily. This semester 
Career Services has extended its drop-in hours to 7:00 p.m. on Mon- 
days and Wednesdays. 

Doug Sherman, Director of Career Services 

File Photo 

Library vandalism 

By Janice Ouellette 
Periodicals Department 

T..j Library staff has continually been dealing with complaints 
Of missing materials, everything from ripped out pages, to missing 
microfilm, magazine issues, and whole volumes . Patrons still need 
to do research and we all realize frustrations associated with dead- 
lines are aggravated when needed materials are absent due to steal- 

Over the past five years the Library has attempted to deal with 
this problem by increasing its preservation budget and activities 
through a more aggressive binding program (We've all heard the 
jokes about Free the Bound Periodicals), moving news weeklies and/ 
or tabloid-Size journals to microfilm, and adding titles to a vandal- 
ism cabinet. 

Such efforts cost money and the $35,000 used for preservation 
affects could be spent elsewhere. Unfortunately, such efforts will 
continue to be undermined if a collective sense of goodwill is not 
shared. We all need to cooperate rather than blame. 


April 2, 1997 


Yoga: A fresh 
breath of life 

by Co-Features Editor 
Nichole E. Moreau 

In unison, we harmoniously 
chant the universal sound... ohm. 
The enchanting quality of the 
vibrational hum penetrates our 
minds and bodies as we prepare 
to begin our yoga practice. 

"You keep a car 
tuned for peak 
and yoga does 
the same thing 
for the body." 

The powerful poses, vigorous 
stretches, and controlled breath- 
ing soothingly calm our over- 
worked minds to a quiet still- 
ness. By the end of our prac- 
tice, we are overcome by bliss- 
ful relaxation. Finally, the lights 
are turned off, we recline into 
'corpus pose,' and carefully con- 
centrate solely on our controlled 
breath-work. The physical, 
mental, emotional, and spiritual 

benefits of yoga wash over us, 
as we positively radiate with the 
power of our yoga practice. 

This practice, developed al- 
most 5,000 years ago in India by 
spiritual seekers, was designed 
to integrate body and mind ex- 
ercises to achieve a state of tran- 
scendent bliss. The ancient lan- 
guage of Sanskrit is still deeply 
incorporated in the practice of 
yoga to denote aplethora of 

According to ancient yogis, 
these poses supply many ben- 
efits to the body. Through yoga, 
the body experiences an increase 
in prana, our life-force energy. 
In accordance with this, studies 
have shown that yoga increases 
strength and flexibility, regulates 
blood pressure, improves the 
functioning of the cardiovascu- 
lar system and blood flow, 
strengthens the endocrine sys- 
tem and improves the function- 
ing of the parasympathetic ner- 
vous system, which regulates the 
body's ability to relax. 

Yoga also alleviates back 
pain, menstrual cramps, hyper- 
tension, and stress-related ill- 

see YOGA on pg 7 

Women wear and 
display their pain 

By Jessica L. McGowan 
Co-Features Editor 

On March 5, at 7:30, Fitchburg State held a presentation on vio- 
lence against women as part of the Worcester County Clothesline 
Project which was on display March 5 & 6. 

The Clothesline Project is a grassroots organization dedicated to 
publicizing violence that women experience simply because they are 
women. This project was started in the Spring of 1990 by the Cape 
Cod Massachusetts Women's Agenda. 

To commemorate the war against women, the first clothesline was 
displayed at Hyannis on October 8, 1990, featuring 31 shirts. This 
project has since grown to include 8 countries with over 250 local 
level Clothesline Projects, and more than 35,000 shirts. 

According to Clothesline Project literature, The Clothesline 

Project has a two fold 
forum for women to 
and to educate the 
tent, prevalence, and 
against women. 

The local 
Clothesline Project 
collection of 750 
New England and 
played at Worcester 
of the first and larg- 
tiple lines to date. 
Worcester County 


goal: to provide a safe 
speak out about abuse, 
public about the ex- 
impact of violence 

Worcester County 
was formed in 1992; a 
shirts from all over 
New York were dis- 
State College as part 
est gathering of mul- 
Since 1992 the 
Clothesline Project 
has witnessed over 300 people come forward to make shirts. Worcester 
County Clothesline literature states, "As one of the largest and most 
active Clotheslines in the country, we are committed to continuing 
our collaborative efforts, creating a stronger voice for change through- 
out Worcester County." 

FSC student and incest survivor Jessica Roy spoke about vio- 
lence against women at the March 5th presentation. She first heard 
about the Clothesline Project while she was in therapy at age 1 7. She 
wanted to make a shirt, though she was unsure what exactly the 
Clothesline Project was. She wore her shirt to school; she did not 
know that these shirts were not for wearing purposes, but lor display. 
Jessica Roy's brother sexually assaulted her from the ages of 8 to 
12. "It was hard because I was never taught in school, they didn't 

see CLOTHESLINE on pg 7 

Ghana the Iguana with Don Poulsen 

Photo by Jessica Roy 

Paper-training your iguana 

Jessica Roy 
Staff writer 

"It is amazing," says student 
Don Poulsen of his pet iguana, 
Ghana, "I have never seen such 
a small animal excrete so 

"Iguanas make great house 
pets, I have had one for years. 
They don't smell like other do- 
mesticated pets. They can be 
loving and caring animals when 
its owner spends quality time 
with it," said Kristin Kinville, 
iguana owner and pet store em- 

Many pet owners struggle 
with the process of house-train- 
ing their pet. A pressing issue 
for iguana owners however, is 
how to properly train their scaly 
green friend not to ruin their 
beautiful rugs with their gifts of 
love. Since iguanas have always 
let mother nature take care of the 
clean up and now it is the own- 
ers' responsibility to provide a 
clean and safe environment for 
their pet and home. Here is a 
one month program that teaches 
the iguana owner how to prop- 
erly train their iguana in bath- 
room etiquette. 

First, the owner needs to 
gather up all old newspapers 
around the house. The more 
floor space an owner can protect, 
the better. Make sure to cover 
all the nooks and crannies of the 
residence so that everything 
looks like paper mache. House 
guests may question the newly 
adopted decor. In this case, all 
the owner needs to tell the guest 
is that the iguana is learning to 

tinkle self-sufficiently. Remem- 
ber to tell them to be careful on 
the paper-covered stairs, as they 
may become slippery. 

Next allow the iguana to be- 
come accustomed to walking on 
the paper when he needs to re- 
lieve himself. The owner will 
know when bathroom time has 
arrived when the iguana struts 
with its rear -end wiggling to and 
fro. A spill can be guaranteed, 

"The iguana 
will learn, re- 
lieving them- 
selves on the 
paper is good 
when the owner 
repeatedly re- 
wards the critter 
for a job well 
done. " 

following this rhythmic dance. 
"Iguanas will pick one place 
to go," says Kinville. "The 
iguana will learn that relieving 
themselves on the paper is good 
when the owner repeatedly re- 
wards the critter for a job well 
done." Kinville adds, "You need 
to give your iguana time to learn, 
as you would for a dog or a cat." 
Offer the pet such delicacies as 
a dish of spinach or some brussel 
sprouts after it has done the deed. 

Avoid meat-based products. 
"Don't feed your iguana meat, 
that makes them act aggressive 
and mean. Avoid cat food and 
stick to the vegetables and 
fruit," Kinville says. "Con- 
tinue praising with your kind 
words and treats for the re- 
mainder of the training." 

The following step is criti- 
cal in the learning process of 
the pet. Slowly remove paper 
from the rooms in the home 
one or two sheets at a time. 
This step will ensure a gradual 
ease into the confined paper 
area the reptile will soon en- 

Day by day gradually take 
away the paper sheets until 
there only remains three sheets 
in a special designated room of 
the home. Make sure this is a 
low-traffic area so that the pet 
may enjoy the serenity of pri- 
vacy each time it uses the pa- 

Iguanas may try to run off 
the paper at first and do the 
calling of nature on the bare 
floor. If this occurs, simply 
place the pet back on the pa- 
per and reward it again when 
it completes a successful 
movement on the paper. 

Though initially, pet own- 
ers may find these steps over- 
whelming, they guarantee a 
successful training of the 
iguana. The iguana and owner 
will appreciate this innovative 
approach to bathroom time. 
No longer will you suffer from 
iguana poops on your floor and 
under your bed. 

Student arrested during class 

Kimberly White 
Investigative Reporter 

A month and a half ago an 
arrest took place here on cam- 
pus. Students enrolled in the 
Secondary Educational Meth- 
ods course were appalled and 
confused on February 13th 
when a student was arrested dur- 
ing class. Campus Officer 
Michael Jackson received a 
phone call requesting assistance 
from police troopers in this pro- 

Officer Jackson met the state 
troopers at the McKay Building 
where the arrest would take 
place. He signaled for Profes- 
sor Charles Helzel to come out 

of the classroom to inform him 
of the impending arrest. Much 
to the surprise of Officer Jack- 
son and Professor Hetzel, the 
troopers stormed to the class-, 
room without invitation. 

"I don't know why the stu- 
dent was arrested. The state po- 
lice called me and asked me to 
meet them so they could arrest a 
student. I had to go because they 
aren't allowed to go into any 
residence hall or academic 
building without assistance from 
a Fitchburg State police officer," 
said Officer Jackson. 

Professor Hetzel was 
alarmed at the procedure that the 
troopers used while entering his 
classroom. "In a booming voice, 

the Trooper said, 'You have 
made a big mistake!' We had a 
class of twenty-five people, we 
were all startled. The student 
handed in his assignment to me 
and was taken into the hall and 
spread eagled against the wall 
and patted down," said Hetzel. 
Officer Killian said the stu- 
dent was arrested on a warrant 
for a motor vehicle charge and 
felt justified in arresting the stu- 
dent with twenty minutes left of 
class. "The student was booked 
at the state police barracks and 
then transferred to Leominster 
District Court for his arraign- 
ment. The state police have the 
jurisdiction to arrest anyone at 
any time for an arrest warrant." 


April 2, 1997 


Relax with yoga 


continued from page 6 

nesses like heart disease and 
chronic fatigue. Essentially, 
yoga is maintenance for the 
body. According to Diane 
Featherstone, a yoga teacher 

Yoga exercises 
are modeled 
from the grace- 
ful movements 
of birds and ani- 

from Princeton and co-operater 
of Frog Pond Yoga Center, "You 
keep a car tuned for peak per- 
formance, and yoga does the 
same thing for the body. It 
strengthens the immune system, 
making you less susceptible; it 
literally changes the body's 

chemistry by releasing endor- 

Yoga exercises are modeled 
from the graceful movements of 
birds and animals. Comprised 
of asanas, or physical poses, 
yoga is designed to strengthen, 
relax, and detoxify the body. 
These poses range from stand- 
ing, sitting, twisting, inverting 
the body, back bends, and relax- 
ation poses. Yoga incorporates 
a simple variety of breathing 
techniques in conjunction to the 
poses. This combination of 
physical poses, breath-work, and 
the resulting calmness of the 
mind awakens a consciousness 
of the intricate connection of the 
mind, body, and soul. 

For those interested in expe- 
riencing the wonders of yoga, 
Featherstone suggests finding a 
teacher that you feel comfortable 
with, do some reading on the 
subject, and basically "feel your 
way around." After all, only you 
can determine which spiritual 
path is right for you. 

shows art 


continued from page 6 

ideas of cultural collection and 
psychological issues of 
women's aging to imply the 
physical realities of the body's 
deterioration as we age." Us- 
ing the photograph as if it were 
the window of a cabinet or a di- 
orama, Natal presents a height- 
ened experience of the, "false, 
romanticized, idealized view of 
nature and women." 

The Hammond Gallery is lo- 
cated on the second tloor of the 
Campus Center. The Gallery 
Hours are Monday through Fri- 
day, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Satur- 
day and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 
6 p.m. For more information, 
call (508) 665-3163. 

Quote of the week 

One who does not know his destiny, is alive. 

-David Schemer 

Women share their 
hurt with t-shirts 

continued from page 6 

have any awareness programs so 
I thought that this was all good 
and right and normal," Roy said. 
"I didn't have any tools to de- 
fend myself." Roy did not tell 
anyone what had happened to 
her until she was 16. She con- 
fided in her school guidance 

According to Roy this inci- 
dent ripped her family apart. 
"Incest in a family is a fate worse 
than death. It's the worst thing 
that can happen. I wouldn't even 
say I grew up in a dysfunctional 
family." Roy does however 
credit her parents for all the sup- 
port they gave her. "My parents 
have been overwhelmingly sup- 
portive of me. All they care 
about is my sanity, safety, health, 
and well-being." 

Jessica Roy has grown a lot 
since coming to college, but not 
without setbacks. She was as- 
saulted for the second lime in her 
life here on campus. "It put me 
in crisis again which was a very 
scary feeling. I thought that a lot 
of my healing was done," Roy 
said. "This made it very diffi- 
cult and made my parents feel 
very scared for me. It opened a 
lot of rounds." 

Today Roy works to help 
othe-" victims of violence. She 
bec.ime actively involved in the 
Clothesline Project when it first 
came to Fitchburg State in 1994. 

She spoke out and sang songs 
she wrote to make people aware. 
"I use my music to make people 
aware. I write songs about my 
situation. Music is a very impor- 
tant tool to reach people; It 
makes people feel like they're 
not alone," Jessica said. 

Other speakers at the presen- 
tation included Fitchburg State 
Police Officer Karen Green and 
Worcester County Clothesline 
Project Coordinator, Deb 

(i Incest in a 
family is a fate 
worse than 
death. It's the 
worst thing that 
can happen. I 
wouldn y t even 
say I grew up in 
a dysfunctional 
family. " 

Wcllsby. Green reminded listen- 
ers that 1 in 3 women will be 
sexually assaulted in their life- 
time. In Massachusetts this is 
an epidemic. She further ad- 
vised that victims should speak 
about their problems. "You can 
hold this for life and it will bum 
inside you forever, b it as soon 

as you talk about it you will start 

Wellsby, a rape survivor, has 
dedicated much of her time to 
the Clothesline Project. "As 
soon as I saw the t-shirts, I knew 
I had to be working on the 
project," she said. "The 
Clothesline Project makes a dif- 
ference in many women's lives. 
It's been a major part of my 
healing process as well." 
Wellsby sees the Clothesline 
Project as giving women an op- 
portunity to be heard and be- 

Though the Clothesline 
Project has left Fitchburg State 
College, it is still actively tour- 
ing other towns in Massachu- 
setts. On April 27th it will fea- 
ture at the Taking Steps For 
Women & Girls Pledge Walk 
from 10:30am to 3:00pm. This 
will benefit the Rape Crisis 
Center of Central Mass. For in- 
formation on this call (508) 852- 

Also in mid-June, a five 
year Clothesline Project cel- 
ebration called In Celebration of 
( )ur Work and Our Healing will 
be held. For more information 
on the this or the Worcester 
County Clothesline Project, 
write to PO Box 104, West Side 
Station, Worcester, MA 01602- 

Remember, these aren't 
women's issues, they're human 
issues. Everyone can m;:ke a 


March 13, 1997 

MOTOR VEHICLE VIOLATION - Stopped vehicle traveling wrong 


REQUEST FOR POLICE - Unauthorized subjects in room using 


NOISE COMPLAINT - Yelling and screaming, RD notified 

March 14, 1997 

MOTOR VEHICLE TOWED - Unregistered/Uninsured 

March 15, 1997 

LARCENY - Under Investigation 

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - Resident reported rear door to Cafe open 

(area checked, all appeared OK) 

March 17, 1997 

DANGEROUS CONDITION - Icy area (Grounds notified) 
SUSPICIOUS ACTTVITY - Possible illegal entry into room (No en- 
try gained) 

NON-CRIMINAL COMPLAINT - Ref : Icy conditions on prior date 
VANDALISM - Under Investigation 

March 18, 1997 

ASSIST OTHER POLICE - Assisted FPD at scene of fight 

ASSIST OTHER POLICE - Assisted FPD w/information on found 


ASSIST OTHER POLICE - Assisted FPD with 911 info 



March 19, 1997 

REQUEST FOR POLICE - Skateboarders disturbing (GOA) 
ASSIST OTHER POLICE - Message delivered for Gardner PD 

March 20, 1997 

DANGEROUS CONDITION - Icy areas on walkways outside. 
REQUEST FOR POLICE - Student had fallen on walkways outside 
due to ice. (Sand put down in area) 

March 21, 1997 

DISPERSAL - Two vehicles w/ occupants from area 

DANGEROUS CONDITION - Slippery area (G.C. notified) in the 

parking lots 

REQUEST FOR POLICE - Medical call, treatment denied 

NON-CRIMINAL COMPLAINT - Parking complaint 


DISPERSAL - Youths playing football 

March 22, 1997 

REQUEST FOR POLICE - Unwanted guest 
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - Report of suspicious subject 
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - Tire tracks on improved land 

March 23, 1997 

DISPERSAL - Unauthorized person in computer rooms 

BURGLAR ALARM - Investigated 

DISPERSAL -Group playing baseball 

NON-CRIMINAL COMPLAINT - Maintenance problem, Facilities 


March 24, 1997 

AMBULANCE CALL - Responded to medical call 
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE - FPD contacted to investigate 
DISPERSAL - Skate boarders 

ARREST - Paul Ciampoli, 29 Lafayette St., Lynn, Mass - Default 
Warrant out of Fitchburg District Court 

March 25, 1997 

NON-CRIMINAL COMPLAINT - Vehicle blocking area contrac- 
tors need to work in 

DANGEROUS CONDITION - Vapor fumes in building from poly- 
urethane being applied on auditorium tloor 
AMBULANCE CALL - Responded to medical call 
REQUEST FOR POLICE - Emergency message delivered to stu- 
dent from parent 

NOISE COMPLAINT - Resident complaining about yelling and 

March 26, 1997 


FIRE ALARM - Unknown Cause 

REQUEST FOR POLICE - Resident having problems with Mara 

Village residents 



April 2, 1997 


Episodes in the life of somebody different 

Karen Buckley 
Contributing Writer 

Well, here we go 
again. ..heme considered "differ- 
ent" hits me right smack, be- 
tween the eyes again. I can tell 
you that I am getting rather ted 
up with it. The last few months 
have been particularly unpleas- 
ant tor me. For those of you who 
do not know me. I suppose that 
I should tell you that I have a 
physical disability which is quite 

Upon entering a class last se- 
mester, I was immediately ze- 
a'wd in on by the instructor who 
said. *'I have never had a student 
with a disability in my class be- 
fore, and I am very glad to have 
her in my class. I'm sure she will 
have a lot to contribute." Okay, 
I can accept that, but what about 
the person two rows over from 
me who has a learning disabil- 
ity? Shouldn't they also be ac- 
knowledged as an "exceptional" 

As the course progressed, the 
instructor and I discussed show- 
ing a film that includes people 
with different kinds of disabili- 

ties and how people without dis- 
abilities should treat them-with 
sensitivity and understanding. I 
told the instructor mat I would 
like to see him conduct a class 
discussion after the film to find 

/ came away 
from the class 
feeling bewil- 
dered and em- 

out what the students' reaction 
was to the film. 

After the film was over, the 
instructor said, "Okay, now who 
has a question for Karen?" I was 
flabbergasted; this is a class dis- 
cussion? I intentionally wanted 
it to be a class discussion be- 
cause I felt that the other stu- 
dents could be more open 
minded if they were talking 
about people with disabilities in 
general, rather than talking to 
me directly and feeling as if they 
would offend me. 

As I suspected, nobody. 

raised their hand. Instead the in- 
structor said, "Okay, I have a 
question. How do people make 
you feel as a person with a dis- 
ability?" Did this instructor just 
watch the same film as we did in 
sensitivity towards people with 
disabilities? Maybe he was cor- 
recting homework during the film 
and wasn't paying attention. 
Caught off guard and unprepared 
to be the center of people's atten- 
tion, I gave him some off-the-cuff 
answer that really didn't express 
my true feelings. So, instead of 
gaining some insight as to how 
my fellow classmates felt, I came 
away from the class feeling be- 
wildered and embarrassed. 

At the beginning of this semes- 
ter, I started a class in which the 
instructor wants us to team up and 
present a project at the end of the 
term. I had been sitting at this 
table with four other people since 
the beginning of the semester. A 
girl who I had been in class with 
before said, "Why don't we all 
team up together?" and pointed 
to me as part of the group. This 
was fine with me and I waited a 
couple of days to see what the 
group wanted me to do. 

Well, I kept on seeing them 

talking amongst themselves, but 
nobody was talking to me. 
From this I surmised that I had 
somehow been cast out of the 
group. I confronted one of the 
girls in the hallway the next time 
I saw her to confirm what I had 
suspected. "Am I not in your 
group?" I asked. "No," she 
said, "I selected the two other 
girls because they are my 
friends." At this point I began 

When do you 
start learning 
that each indi- 
vidual, no mat- 
ter who they are, 
has abilities and 
something to 
offer society? 

feeling like chopped liver and 
said, "Well that's okay. Another 
student and I have decided to 
team up together." 

I might mention at this point 
that the other girl who was on my 
team was also cast aside and I am 
assuming it is because she is 
from another country and talks 
with a foreign accent. This girl 
then said, "You really need some- 
one else on your team, but you 
have to be careful who you pick." 
Yes, I thought. You have already 
made that abundantly clear. 

By now I have given you 
enough background to see what's 
been happening. I wanted to. tell 
you all this because I feel frus- 
trated by the fact that this insti- 
tution is supposed to be a place 
of higher learning. Somehow I 
feel that it has failed. 

The instructors teach you 
math, science, and English. This 
is all well and good, but when do 
you start learning about life and 
the people in it? When do you 
start learning that each indi- 
vidual, no matter who they are, 
has abilities and something to 
offer society? If we separate 
from each other because we are 
"different", society loses out as 
a whole. I leave it up to you to 
ponder over what I have said. I 
really hope that you will give it 
some serious thought. 

Communication gap at FSC 

Erica Giardina 

Contributing Writer 

OK, it's the weekend and all 
of us communication majors 
have all the time in the world to 
do nothing else but party. Why 
you ask? Well, I like to blame it 
on Image Systems. For anyone 
who has ever tried to use the tele- 
vision studio, the computers in 
the writing lab for multimedia or 
other projects, or any kind of 
graphic design projects, you 
know what I am talking about. 
Image systems is the heart of the 
communication building and 
should be available to students 
every weekend. 

For those who may not be 
aware of what most communi- 

cation majors' homework en- 
tails, most of our projects have 
to be done in the Conlon build- 
ing. Therefore, I'm wondering 
why the Conlon building isn't 
open on the weekend. Most 
students who have thesis papers 
or research projects have the 
luxury of the weekend hours in 
the library. So why then are the 
communication majors forced 
to squeeze in their projects dur- 
ing the week? 

With many students having 
conflicting class schedules and 
many others having the added 
burden of part-time jobs, it is 
very difficult to get weekly 
projects done on time. By not 
having Image Systems open on 
the weekend, communication 

majors (film students in particu- 
lar) have the added problem of 
checking out necessary equip- 
ment. Many students are in a rush 
to get their projects done on time 
and are forced to reserve equip- 
ment weeks in advance. If Im- 
age Systems was open on the 
weekend, this would allow com- 
munication majors more time to 
complete their projects and ease 
the stress of having to check out 
equipment before the weekend. 

Everybody else on campus has 
the convenience of library hours 
on the weekend. Why not con- 
sider opening Image Systems on 
the weekend so that communica- 
tions students have the fair chance 
of improving their academic skills 
rather than their social ones. 

Unsung Hero of the Week 

Kathy, a nightshift worker at the Commuter's Caf. was 
nominated by many FSC students. Kathy greets all her 
custermers with a smile... and her famous cookies. 

Gripe session? 

Samantha Rubin 
Contributing Writer 

"I hate you" could suffice, although it is just not nice. Try 
cheating, lying, and an ex-girlfriend calling to say she is preg- 
nant. What is one to do? What is even worse is when your 
boyfriend says, "Sorry, but the mother of my child wants me 
back." What child? 

Why can't people just not like me anymore? It seems like all 
my ex-boyfriends still care about me, but they have some duty 
to another person. I can't just break up because of a little preg- 
nancy, even if it isn't mine. I have made a plan to get pregnant 
before my present boyfriend breaks up with me. Maybe I can 
get him back with my child. Actually, I don't plan to do that, 
but I am frustrated with the men I tend to get mixed up with. 
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Responses to Is Fitchburg State cleaning up or cleaning out 

Dear Editor, 

In response to the article that 
appeared in the March 5th issue 
of The Strobe titled Is Fitchburg 
State cleaning up or cleaning 
out, I would like to ask a few 
questions. Does the author of the 
article want to lead me, as well 
as many others, to believe that 
Access students are too high on 
their "stimulant of choice" to 
meet the new standards imposed 
by the President? Is the author 
trying to say that because Presi- 
dent Riccards wants to make the 
penalty for possession of an IL- 
LEGAL substance suffer, as well 
as apply for University status, 
(both of which would make this 
college a better place for every- 
one now attending) he is ulti- 
mately trying to eliminate the 
admittance of minority groups at 
FSC, or as the author claims as 
being a form of "racial cleans- 
ing"? Finally, what is the author 
trying to say about minorities in 
particular? Are they what he por- 
trays as being a marijuana smok- 
ing generation who need to see 
higher standards as a barrier for 
their success? I don't think so. 

In an attempt to answer some 
of my questions, I stopped by the 
ACCESS office and took a sheet 
with the ACCESS program re- 
quirements listed in it. Within 
this packet, there were no refer- 
ences to marijuana, or any sug- 
gestions about admissions stan- 
dards. Yet what I did find was a 

list of goals the ACCESS stu- 
dents could strive for, such as 
graduation and success. There 
were requirements that all AC- 
CESS students need to follow in 
order to remain a member of the 
program. By stating "the harsh- 
ness of the punishment aimed at 
the stimulant of choice by the 
minority population, in coopera- 
tion with the recent rise in ad- 
missions standards is viewed by 
some to be a step to keep minori- 
ties out, since it is in direct com- 
petition with the goals of the 
ACCESS program" not only 
belittles the ACCESS program 
and its students, but the minor- 
ity population as well. 

Two weeks ago, I watched 
Steven Speilberg's movie 
Schindler's List. I recommend 
that everyone see this shocking 
account of ethnic cleansing dur- 
ing World War II. Is Riccard 
performing some type of "eth- 
nic cleansing" as the author 
states? He is only trying to make 
this institution a more respected 
college in the eyes of students, 
faculty, and the community. He 
is doing the job that he was hired 
to do two years ago. 

I may not belong to AC- 
CESS, or be a member of a mi- 
nority group, but as a student at 
FSC I see and hear many of the 
programs and organizations 
aimed at the minority popula- 
tion. There are Black and His- 
panic Student Unions, ACCESS, 
Culture fairs, African American 

History Month programs and 
events, and minority speakers. 
These events and others like 
them are provided for the mi- 
nority population in an attempt 
to meet their needs. It does not 
seem like an attempt to keep mi- 
norities out. 

Finally, why is student op- 
position to President Riccards' 
new drug and alcohol rule at an 
"absolute zero"? It is because 
the majority of students at FSC 
understand that it's the law, and 
until marijuana is legalized, we 
as members of society don't 
have to like it, but we must fol- 
low it. So the next lime you get 
jailed for living the "high life", 
don't blame it on President 
Riccards' attempt to make FSC 
a more respected institution, 
he's doing his job. Don't blame 
the "vaunted" public safety for 
doing their job either. Blame 
yourself for indulging in what I 
agree is a popular, but illegal 
drug amongst some students at 
FSC. No matter your color, 
race, or sex, we as students each 
face the same standards and the 
same penalties. 

Is Fitchburg State College 
"cleaning up or cleaning out"? 
In my opinion FSC is moving 
ahead toward providing current 
students and future students 
with a highly respectable learn- 
ing institution. 

Steven Fernald 
Contributing Writer 

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Dear Editor, 

I thought it was a joke. Re- 
ally. When I saw the article 
titled Is Fitchburg State 
cleaning up or cleaning out?, I 
went to the Editor in Chief of 
this paper and accused him of 
making up Kennith O. Gibbs Jr. 
as a way of stirring up contro- 
versy. But he claims the article 
is real. Real or not, the article 
was preposterous. The article 
shows ignorance, lack of vision, 
and a lack of faith in the minor- 
ity population at FSC campus. 
Marijuana is illegal every- 
where in the United States; this 
includes FSC. I applaud the 
president for realizing the law 
and cracking down on drug 
abuse. College students should 
not have a "get out of jail free" 
card; those who break the law 
should be punished, regardless 
of status. 

Claiming the President in- 
tends to reduce the student mi- 
nority population is a stretch, to 
say the least. If everyone at 
ACCESS believes this, then it's 

a counter-productive organiza- 
tion. ACCESS needs to realize 
that minorities are equal, not 
special. There is no reason to 
have separate laws (or admission 
standards for that matter) for mi- 
norities; claiming that they are 
drug users because they see it in 

Claiming the 
President in- 
tends to reduce 
the student mi- 
nority popula- 
tion is a stretch, 
to say the least. 

the media is an insult to the in- 
telligence of the minorities on 

Quite contrary to the article. 
I think higher admission stan- 
dards and tougher drug laws will 
help students. Those who can- 
not obey the laws or pass admis- 

sion standards have no right 
being at this college. The 
ACCESS program should 
help needy students meet 
higher standards rather than 
bring down average student 

"What kind of college is the 
new President intent on run- 
ning?" A respectable one I 
believe. The level of educa- 
tion here at F.S.C. has been 
in steady decline for the last 
15 years, and the President is 
doing his best to change that. 
To the new college Presi- 
dent: Congratulations, to 
ACCESS: I hope you won't 
be influenced by those who 
wish to bring the school 
down. To all pol smokers, 
minority or otherwise: he 
ready to face the facts if you 
get caught. 

Michael Darowski 
Contributing Writer 

Dear Editor: 

I recently read your article in the March 5, 1997 issue con- 
cerning drugs on this campus. In that article there are quotes 
and paraphrases attributed to me which have never occurred. I 
have never had any conversation with Officer Rodriguez con- 
cerning drugs and alcohol abuse on this campus. Secondly, the 
college's position on drugs is formed by the fact that such of- 
fenses are violations of the law and have nothing to do with the 
desire to the college to be a university. Where that came from 
is totally beyond me. Lastly, the author of the article links up 
the use of marijuana with the Afro- American community. That 
remark reinforces an unfortunate stereotype which is not cor- 
rect. Drug addiction, especially the use of marijuana, is very 
wide-spread in the United States, across all ethnic groups and 
now across all economic classes. 

I would appreciate it if the newspaper verified the quotes 
and paraphrases of particular individuals before they ended up 
in print. 


Michael P. Riccards 


Dear Editor, 

In the March 5th issue of The 
Strobe, there was an article titled 
Is Fitchburg Stale cleaning up 
or cleaning out?. As I read the 
article, I began to wonder what 
it was about. Was it about the 
President changing the school 
standards, the rule about Mari- 
juana possession, or an issue of 
the President being prejudiced 
against minorities? 

Everyone is entitled to their 
own opinion, so here is mine on 
the issue. I think that changing 
the standards at the school will 
only benefit us. Granted, many 
of us wouldn't be here today 
with the new admissions stan- 
dards, but the point is that we are 
here. I don't think that by chang- 
ing the standards the President 
was aiming at "keeping minori- 
ties out." That statement right 
there is suggesting that because 
the standards are higher, the mi- 
norities won't be able to get in. 
I don't believe that is the case. 

Anyone, no mailer what race 
they may be is capable of study- 
ing hard and achieving good 

As for the stronger stand on 
the possession of a class D sub- 
stance, I think they are target- 
ing it towards all college stu- 
dents in general. I know plenty 
of students who smoke pot that 
are not from a minority group. 
To think that this new rule is tar- 
geted mostly at minority stu- 
dents is a little bit ridiculous. 
They are most likely to trying 
to look out for the students' best 

I'm not saying that the Presi- 
dent is right or wrong by doing 
these things, but I am just try- 
ing to make the point that not 
everyone or everything is meant 
to be against minorities. Maybe 
they should try to see it that way, 

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I sec you from alar could this really be you 

you smile at me so it must be true 

you come to me with open arms 

i enter with no thoughts of harm 

you conceal the pain and stress I i'eel 

and all I can say is could this be real 

you lift my chin to gaze in my eyes 

all I see is Love which is no surprise 

you touch my lips with a gentle kiss 

and all I think about is what I have missed 

can this feeling be true can this Love be for me 

only time can tell only time can set us free 

so I will wait and grow with our Love each day 

because in my heart I can see no cloudy days 

this poem is a tribute to your Love for me 
I pray each day that our Love will be set free 

By Tanya Pinckney 
Contributing Writer 


The adrenalin is boiling, 

and my mind is focused. 

Another challenge to meet 

where I need not a hocus pocus. 

For my true magic 

lies deep within my heart. 

It's the strength of my inner spirit 

which helps ignite a spark, 

of positive thoughts reminding me, 

"lean do this!" 

Another problem switched to an opportunity 

and like a bird with its cage door open, 

I will fly through it. 

Now I can't front nor can I pretend, 

I will fall many times 

but to get my fruits 

I will go out on limbs again and again. 

Yes indeed perseverance, 

a sign of a champion 

knowing things can and will get rough 

yet maintaining my enthusiasm. 

Possibly many of us including myself 

were victims of addictive thoughts and perceptions, 

but to complain and make excuses 

will create a world of rejection and self destruction. 

"For excuses are the tools of incompetence 

used to build monuments of nothingness" 

Instead let's learn from our negative experiences, 

and share what we've learned 

and in tum live freer with more happiness. 

The road of a champion 

is definitely not easy, 

one must be able to accept 

their strengths and weaknesses 

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Once upon a college... I met 

this guy. 

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What was my problem? He 

He told me he loved me. I 

didn't seem to care. 

liked to have fun. 

wouldn't lie. 

He showed me his money and 

It just wouldn't last. I 

said he would share. 

wanted to run. 

He told me I was pretty and 

He loved to dance with me- 

he liked me to laugh. 

Boy did it show. 

"Get away from his nice- 

He wanted me to be his 

He'd grab my hand and dance 

ness," that's what I thought. 

"other half." 

very slow. 

I didn't want him, or 
anything he bought. 

He cared about me, my 

He talked about marriage, kids 

I tried not to tell him, for 

mom, and my dog. 

and a boat, 

once I could see. 

He thought I was sunshine 

Living in the country and 

He wanted my body and he 

on a day filled with fog. 

owning a goat. 

loved me for me. 

He took me out to places, 

He loved to hold me and tickle 

where we'd eat and have 

my ear. 

It came to that day, I looked 


He'd hug me real tight while 

him in the eye. 

He'd walk me to class, then 

pinching my rear. 

I said to face, "Look honey, 

to his he would run. 

don't cry." 

He was always so friendly, 

He was always so serious, 

so rare and so nice. 

don't get me wrong. 

You're sweet and you're 

If my head started to itch, 

He couldn't stay angry for 


he'd comb it for lice. 

very long. 

but I don't deserve you. 

This is what I wanted, some- 

He smiled at me and said 

This guy was impressive- 

one to care- 

"Oh, yes you do." 

without a doubt. 

a loving person, with dreams I 

He liked to talk softly, never 

could share. 

I apologized twice and 

wanted to shout. 

finally gave in. 

He once bought me flowers, 

So, why was I unhappy, so 

If love were a game, he'd be 

for no reason-I guess. 

troubled and weak. 

the player to win. 

He told me he liked how I 
looked in a dress. 

This guy-well he loved 
me.. ."Was I a freak?" 

He'd open every door, for 

I tried to get close, it just 

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WAAF beach party kicks, 
and hurts so good 

Kevin (VMalley 
Contributing Writer 

\Vh\ has WAAF, a major 
Boston music station, decided to 
hold its annual beach party at the 
Wallace Civic Center two years 
in a row? 

Prior to Friday night's de- 
bacle, people everywhere were 
asking that question tor one rea- 
son or another: locals confused 
as to why WAAF would bring 
its traveling circus way out here, 
and tans wondering why they 
had to drive all the way to a tiny 
central Mass. venue. Now that 
the sixth annual beach party is 
history, the answer seems pretty 

Hosting this event is simply 
unwise from both a security and 
a business perspective. 

The scene that began with 
little door security, lacking metal 
detectors and anything more 
than a three-second patdown, 
ended with the cancellation of 
Saturday's scheduled hockey 
games at the Civic Center. What 
happened in-between was unbe- 

Guests were allowed inside at 
7:30 pm to purchase souveniers 
and snacks and enjoy cold beer 
(with proper ID, of course). The 
arena floor and stands remained 
closed until after 8:00. 

Several displays and contests 
were present on the main floor 
itself, including Sky Cycle of 
Lunenburg, EZ Wider, and The 
Other Side. Buel American 
Motorcraft distributed free com- 
puter disks to access the World 
Wide Web - whoever thought of 

this promotion tactic needs his 
head examined. Several disks 
were seen flying through the air, 
and at least one person had his 
face cut open on the receiving 
end. It's doubtful that even one 
disk will find its way to a com- 
puter terminal. The Army and 
Air Force were available for re- 
cruiting, but not for security, 
where unfortunately, their pres- 
ence would have been a lot more 

Best-body contests were 
among the highlights of the 
evening - the guy who received 
the quietest boo's took home 
$500 in cash, and the ladies were 
soaked by squirtguns while bar- 
ing their breasts to the cheers of 
the crowd. Lowlights included 
countless fistfights, flying disks, 
urinating on the concert floor, 
underage drinking, and the ran- 
dom acts of violence apparantly 
known to some people as danc- 

From the time Powerman 
5000 took the stage to the final 
encore of Korn, the Wallace 
Civic Center rocked and rolled. 
WAAF's John Osterland and 
Rocco kicked off the music, in- 
troducing Powerman 5000 to 
start the festivities off shortly 
before 9 pm. The rap-influenced 
metal band got things off to a fast 
start with 20 Miles to Texas, 25 
to Hell and another crowd favor- 
ite, Tell Your Bunch I'm Boss 
'cause I Run This ****ing Town. 
Following their five-song, 
twenty-minute set, a new, rela- 
tively unknown band, The 
Hazies took the stage for a forty- 
minute set featuring their hit 

single, Trip Free Life. The 
Hazies appeared to impress most 
of those in attendance with their 
smooth set. After an extended 
break, Helmet took the stage and 
set up Korn perfectly, tearing 
through an amazing set that in- 
cluded Unsung, their smash hit 
from the album Meantime. Al- 
though nothing can quite prepare 
one for the scene when Korn 
takes the stage, Helmet was able 
to get the crowd ready as much 
as any band could, with their 
wild lyrics and ear-splitting 

When Korn finally took the 
stage in total darkness shortly 
after 1 1 pm, the crowd poured 
forward in an attempt to get as 
close to the stage as possible, 
regardless of anything in their 
way. Bodies were packed to- 
gether like sardines and the heat 
began to rise. What began as a 
very chilly beach party warmed 
up to tropical conditions, melt- 
ing the ice under the arena floor. 

As Korn continued to rock 
their way through an hour and 
twenty minutes of music, people 
surfed the crowd and the aggres- 
sive style of dancing known as 
moshing began to overwhelm 
the arena. Elbows, feet and fists 
flew everywhere, as well as 
clothing and anything else 
within arms' reach. 

Korn absolutely blew the 
crowd away with every tune they 
played. From their classics off 
last year's breakthrough album 
to their newest single, Adidas, 
Korn ruled the arena until the 
final encore had faded into his- 

Author Andrew Coburn 
speaks to students 

Sarah Adams 
A&E Editor 

On Wednesday, March 5th, 
as part of the New England Writ- 
ers Series, Andrew Coburn (au- 
thor of Sweetheart and No Way 
Home, among others) spoke in 
FSC's Kent Recital Hall to a 
small, yet amiable group of fol- 

His talk was personal and in- 
formal, a discussion of the how 
and the why his writing career 
came to be. And it was fun. 
Hosted by Robert Cormier, an 
award- winning local legend, the 
discussion was intimate and 
brought a face and a personality 
to the name beneath the book 
title. Fame has not made him 
untouchable. His talk brought 
with it a realization that genious 
has its quirks; it comes in many 
forms, and sometimes at odd 

hours of the night. Mr. Cobum 
was an inspiration to many in the 
audience, giving many writing 
tips and advice on how a char- 
acter is created. "Characters 
should be able to grow without 
the author;" "Characters are 
geared to explode into verbs." 
He states, "All of my characters 
are me, but I'm not any of them." 
Mr. Cobum writes mainly 
mystery novels, but not in a typi- 
cal 'mystery' style. Rather than 
focusing on 'who did it', he 

chooses to focus on the 'why', 
the reasoning behind the crime 
itself. The language of his nov- 
els is beautiful, not blunt - his 
characters are deep, more real 
than not, and even his heroes are 
flawed - they draw you in. 

Anderw Coburn 's books have 
been translated into 8 languages, 
and three have been made into 
films in France. His newest 
novel, 'Birthright', is due out 
this spring. 

Quote of the week 

" There is nothing new under the sun, but 
there is always a new way of expressing it." 

- Andrew Coburn 

Marble madness in 
the FSC gallery 

Phil Maiewski 
Photography Editor 

Currently residing in the FSC art gallery are some very large 
pieces of rock. Not just any rock, but marble. Big chunks of 
the stuff are strewn about the gallery. While a few shattered 
sheets strewn about the Campus Center is nothing to get wowed 
about, what's on them is. The sheets of marble were used as 
photographic paper for the artwork of Judy Natal. 

Judy Natal's opening on Wednesday, March 12th, was at- 
tended by several communications and art majors, interested 
students, faculty, and friends of Natal. Natal gave a "brief" 
slide show about some of her favorite photographs, and a "How 
did she make that" on her marble photography. The show docu- 
mented Natal's journey to Greece, her conflicts between ar- 
chaeology and photography (some of the archaeologists were 
none too pleased to see a photographer). The usual two-hour 
presentation had to be compressed into one hour, a fact that 
many didn't seem to mind. Most students wanted to get up to 
the gallery and see her work there; the physical, tangible ob- 
jects as opposed to the slides of them. 

While the slide show might have been lacking, the artwork 
was worth the wait. Judy Natal took photographs of the marble 
columns, ruins, and parthenons of Greece, took chunks of 
marble and coated them in emulsion (that's the stuff that makes 
photo- paper light sensitive... pay atention folks, there'll be a 
quiz), and printed marble photos on marble sheets. It gives 
the photos a real life-like texture, a very creative way of pre- 
senting her work. Her other three-dimensional works help to 
break down the misconception that photos are only flat, two- 
dimensional art. 

Judy Natal's work will be on display until early May. The 
Hammond Art Gallery is right above the M&M Lounge. Stairs 
leading up are across from the information desk. Go on up, 
it's not something to be missed. It's twisted, you'll like it. 

Green beer and music 
draw a pub crowd 

Sarah Adams 
A&E Editor 

On Wednesday, March 12th, the Student Activities office 
hosted a St. Patrick's Day party in the Pub. Traditional Irish 
music, an Irish movie (The Commitments), and gTeen beer 
highlighted the evening. And there was free food, too (you 
can't beat it when it's free). There was a rather small turnout 
for the movie, unfortunately, but as the evening passed, things 
picked up. The band, The Music Makers, got a rowdy re- 
sponse from the audience who, by that time, had overindulged 
in the added novelty of rainbow-color in their 90 cent drafts 
(you can only drink it this way once a year, after all). There 
was a lot of audience participation involved (Big Ship). And 
it was fun!!! 


April 2, 1997 

PAGE 13 

A Midsummer Night's Dream 
springs love this spring 

Bill Keough 
Professor of English 

Have you ever been in love? 
Do you like to laugh? 

Of course the answer to these 
two questions is yes, and for pre- 
cisely this reason you should be 
marking off your calendar for 
one of the running dates of the 
Falcon Players production at the 
McKay Campus School Theater 
the first two weekends in April, 
Thursday through Saturday, 
April 3-5, 10-12. 

This is Shakespeare with a 
bounce, with slapstick " 
mechanicals" and red-hot lovers, 
with the magical kingdom of the 
night, with music and dance - 
and of course with 
Shakespeare's marvelous words. 
For some years now, under the 
aegis of producer Chola 
Chisunka and the Falcon Play- 
ers, a cadre of talented actors has 
been emerging (Becky Gill and 

Jess Powers, Joanna Karamanos, 
Jen Campbell; Randy Meech, 
Andy Bayiates, Jameson Lee) 
and they are joined by a host of 
talented newcomers to produce 
the hardest-working and most 
dedicated cast I have worked 
with at FSC. 

Director Richard McElvain, 
himself a veteran professional 
actor, is both tireless and irrev- 
erent, and his imaginative stag- 
ing has the clash of titans done 
up witht eh rough rock 'n roll 
sass of street gangs. There are 
many treats but I don't want to 
give away the whole show. I've 
been in over a dozen productions 
here myself, and dozens more at 
Harvard and around Boston. It's 
not finished yet, but I'm letting 
you know I believe this is going 
to be great fun, and you'll really 
enjoy it if you come. 

So come, sweet drakes, 
come sweet goslings, come 
away, come... Come. 

The Women joins 
First Friday Films 

Sarah Adams 
A&E Editor 

On Friday, March 7th, the movie "The Women' was shown as part 
of the First Friday Films series, hosted by Mary Chapin-Durling, 
Cultural Affairs Coordinator. The movie was produced in 1939, a 
surprisingly feminist look at the relationship between men and women 
which could easily have been produced yesterday. The movie is bit- 
ing and cynical, told from an upper-class perspective in the days be- 
fore divorce was legal anywhere outside Reno. It's very hard to judge 
how an audience might have reacted to a movie of this nature 60 
years ago... I think nowadays women consider themselves enlight- 
ened, a different breed than existed even thirty years ago. Apparantly 
not. This movie would be a refreshing slap in the face to feminists 
everywhere. Upon production, its major selling point was the fact 
that it is written by women, with an entirely female cast and crew, 
including all animals used in the filming. All books and paintings 
which appear as part of the scenery are either written by or about 
women. If you didn't get a chance to see it on the 7th, be sure to rent 
a copy - it's worth it, even if only for the novelty. 

Don't forget, on April 4th (the 'first friday' in April), two films by 
Alain Resnais, Night and Fog and Hiroshima, Mon Amour, will be 
shown in Ellis White at 7 pm. The cost is $3 for students, $5 general 

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Fred Yackowski 
Staff Writer 

According to Lazlo Bane 
singer/songwriter Chad Fischer, 
"The best rock is made by ama- 
teurs, by people who don't know 
what they're doing." Well, af- 
ter listening to Lazlo Bane's de- 
but album 11 Transistor it's ob- 
vious that these guys are a bunch 
of 'could be' Star Search contes- 

This Boston-based band is 
Fischer's brain-child. The al- 
bum was even recorded by him 
at his Cheswick Studio, a studio 
he founded after touring as a 
guitarist with alternative-rockers 
School of Fish. 

11 Transistor is a concept al- 
bum. The concept is simple: it 
begins with the album cover 
which pictures a transistor radio 
emblazened with the Lazlo Bane 
name. It ends with eleven pop 
songs that are good enough to be 
played on any such radio. 

The album's first track /'// Do 
Everything is a pop song remi- 
niscent of the 70's alternative 
superheroes Big Star. It contains 
the same kind of searing guitar 
work layered over shiny, acous- 
tic chords that lay the back- 
ground for nifty pop yams. This 
lead off track also contains a 
chorus section that is punctuated 
by 'back up whistlers' that high- 
light this band's creativity. 

Lazlo Bane showcase a 
songwriting ability that isn't lim- 
ited to one area. For instance, 
by listening to their hauntingly 
beautiful Sleep it's obvious that 
they've created the type of 
acoustic ballad which is only 

successful in the hands of an ar- 

Tracks like Buttercup and 
Novakane demonstrate Lazlo 
Bane's ability to kick it into high 
gear with grinding rockers. At 
moments they sound like a com- 
bination between R.E.M. and 
Neil Young. They write songs 
for everyday people by deliver- 
ing interesting lyrics about 
evertyday events. , 

The album's brightest mo- 
ment is a cover of the Men at 
Work song Overkill. Fischer 
worked with former Men at 
Work vocalist Colin Hay and 
even described him as a mentor. 
Hay provides an energetic 
cameo on Overkill that leaves 
you wanting for more. 

Morphine Like Swimming 

Dreamworks/Rykodisc DRMD- 


**** j 12 

Frederick Yackowski 
Staff Writer 

This Boston-based band has 
been thrilling audiences for over 
live years. In fact, alterna-rocker 
PJ Harvey had this to say about 
Morphine in Q Magazine's No- 
vember 95 issue, "One of the 
most sexy bands, I think, is Mor- 
phine because it's just slide bass 
guitar, low harilone saxophone 
and drums. They're a very sexy 
band (grins), particularly when 
you're sitting on the speakers..." 

They're more than just sexy, 
they are one of today's brightest 
up and coming acts in music. 
Although Morphine is a stripped 
down trio, they make up for lack 
of voltage with great songs that 
have catchy melodies. Actually, 
their stripped-downs tyle is al- 

most a trademark. So much so, 
that hearing a Morphine album 
for the first time is a revelation. 
It's amazing that these songs are 
played with nontraditional rock- 
n-roll instruments because none 
of their power or intensity is lost 
in the translation. 

Morphine is really a jazz 
band playing unbridled foot- 
stomping rock-n-roll. Mark 
Sandman leads the way with 
gut- numbing bass lines and ear- 
tingling vocals. His voice is a 
combination of whiskey tinged 
roughness ala Mark Lanegan 
and soothing softness ala Nat 
King Cole. 

Baritone saxophonist Dana 
Colley delivers high octane, su- 
percharged riffs; Lines that a 
guitarist would normally play. 
Filling out the trio is Billy 
Conway, the drummer, who can 
swing the subtleties of jazz one 
moment, and can pound the 
skins furiously the next, and 
sometimes does both at once. 

Like Swimming is 
Morphine's fourth album. It 
finds Morphine adding new 
styles to their repertoire. Early 
to Bed has synthe keyboards 
which give the track a Prince- 
like edge to it. It's a funk work- 
out that challenges listeners. 

Simply, Morphine makes lis- 
tening to their music fun. 
Whether you're in ihe mood lor 
some get up and go inspiration 
or some sit around and loaf re- 
laxation, Morphine has il all. 
Their songs conform to the lis- 
tener because they contain ev- 
erything a music lover loves; 
When they're soft they're soft, 
and when they"re hard they're 
hard, but most of the time 
they're just great. Just ask PJ 

Lazlo Bane 


April 2, 1997 

PAGE 14 



Private Parts ***l/2 
Paramount Pictures 

plot: Howard Stern tells the 
story of his success. 

A good Hick. I went in expect- 
ing to hate this movie... the ad- 
vertisements seemed preten- 
tious, and everybody's heard 
what an asshole this guy is on 
the radio. But no. Driving home 
the next morning (long story...) 
I actually stopped to listen when 
I ran into him on the radio dial. 
This is a big thing for me - 1 can't 
usually sit through an entire 
song, never mind talk radio. The 
movie turns Howard Stem into 
a person. And it's funny. 
Howard Stem stars as himself... 
which might not work in most 
cases (typecasting usually 
doesn't)... It works here. There 
are lots of naked ladies in this 
movie, so if big boobs make you 
nervous, don't see it on a first 

The Return of the Jedi *** 
20th Century Fox 

plot: I don't really need a plot 
here, do I? 

Mark Hamill is quite a ter- 
rible actor, isn't he? I'd heard a 
rumor that they might ask him 
to play Annakin SkywaJker in 
the next trilogy... bad move, I 
think. But that's just my opin- 
ion. When I was a little kid I 
used to have the biggest crush 
on him. WHY? 

They don't publicize the 
changes here as much as they did 
with the first one. They got rid 
of that annoying Ewok music in 
the end, thank god. I don't know 
if the new music is any more 
appropriate... it really doesn't 
seem to fit the movie, but any- 
thing is better than that last mu- 
sic. I don't particularly like the 
added stuff, the band and the 
dancers in Jaba's place. The 
band, especially. I mean, it 
makes the movie as a whole look 
choppy. These are obviously 

computer graphics, close-ups 
and technical oddities that don't 
appear in the rest of the movie. 
And then they kept the scene 
immediately following that, with 
Luke down in that pit with the 
giant monster thing - very poorly 
done. Was there no way to touch 
it up? But anyway... 

And then there's Leia in her 
gold bikini, the one they all talk 
about... Men set these high ide- 
als - how do they expect real 
women to actually meet them? 
Do you ever feel that, no matter 
what you do, they'll always be 
fantasizing about someone else 
when they're with you? With 
my ex, it was Claudia Schiffer. 
Yeah, pal, like she wouldn't 
laugh in your face... 

Crash ***l/2 
Fine Line Films 

plot: A movie about a group of 
people who are sexually stimu- 
lated by car accidents. 

What a movie (hee, hee, hee). 
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 
1 996 Cannes Film Festival "for 
originality, for daring, and for 
audacity," this is a movie that 
some of you will really appreci- 

Don't go see this with your 
parents, whatever you do. I'm 
glad I went to see this movie by 
myself; I don't think I have any 
friends with whom I could watch 
this without squirming in agony 
the entire time. Yeah, see it 
alone. Or better yet, rent it later. 

These people have no shame. 
Can you imagine, making it all 
look so real, like it's all so thor- 
oughly stimulating, with an en- 
tire film crew shining lights in 
your face and looking at your 
nakedness? Man, you couldn't 
pay me enough. But, quality- 
wise, this is a good movie. And 
the storyline is original, and very 
well done. The acting is phe- 
nomenal, considering. James 
Spader fits the sick, sex-dog role 
perfectly (that man always made 
my skin crawl... What a sleaze.). 

They're all very good. Except 
for Holly Hunter. I really don't 
think she fits this role. Really. 
She's attractive, but not the sort 
of person you want to watch rip- 
ping her clothes off. It's like 
watching a news anchor. So 
stiff, so cold... Something you 
could never picture nude any- 
way, something you never had 
any desire to see in the first 
place... I mean, sure, she's a nice 
lady. But too innocent-looking, 
too non-porn. I don't care who 
you are, you have to agree with 
me on this. 

Liar Liar **l/2 

Universal Pictures / Imagine 


plot: A corrupt lawyer is forced 
to tell the truth for a day when 
his son makes a wish on birth- 
day candles. 

The storyline here sounds 
like something that might have 
come out of the fifties - a birth- 
day wish that comes true, a guy 
who is magically unable to lie 
for 24 hours... Only Jim Carrey 
could pull off this role nowa- 
days. I'm not a fan of comedy, 
but in my opinion, this movie is 
Carrey's best yet. There are no 
other spectacular performances 
to be found in the casting of the 
movie... I guess I was expect- 
ing something more from the 
kid. And it was funny. Not just 
polite chuckling-funny, either. I 
laughed until I cried, in some 
scenes... And there's an emo- 
tional element here that isn't 
usually seen in roles played by 
Carrey. But all the same, it IS 
Jim Carrey. Don't expect to be 
deeply moved. 

I don't really like comedies... 
My life is so pathetic as it is, I 
spend most of my time laughing 
at myself. Give me a good, cold, 
depressing movie over this, 
anyday. But that's just my opin- 

Reviews by Sarah Adams 
A&E Editor 

Bug-out with Groovin Dancers 

Kim Rosado 
Contributing Writer 

The dancers of the Dance Club's 15th annual show, Got 
the Groovin' Bug, are gearing up for a great lime. With Adam 
Kahn as advisor, filling in for Caryl Sickyl, the teachers and 
officers of the Dance Club have planned an exciting evening 
full of hip- wiggling motion. The show promises to thrill the 
audience with the new and able choreographers, who have 
done an outstanding job pulling out all the stops to put to- 
gether a creative experience that everyone is sure to enjoy. 
The show will be held in Weston Auditorium on Tuesday, April 
8th, at 8 pm. Tickets cost $2 for students with FSC ID, $3 for 
faculty, and $4 general admission. Don't miss it! 

Poems Slammed, 
None Hurt 

Jameson Lee 
Staff Writer 

Just over a month ago, the 
reformed English Club hosted 
a night of poetry and simple free 
expression in the Pub. At the 
opening of the evening, most 
present were uneasy and unsure 
about reading in front of peers. 
An air of common fear of rejec- 
tion and exposure to the ele- 
ments of judgement was cut 
aside quickly, however. By the 
end of the night, all had read 
(and happily as well). 

There was a healthy mix of 
attitudes and voices that melded 
to a rich eclectic atmosphere of 
comeraderyl. Marktavian Mar- 
tin bravely took the stand with 
alively voice and stride that well 
fit his poems ranging from his 
child to the black woman, and 
man also. Albert Turner's deep 
tone of calm brought forth sto- 
ries of urban living and the 
death of a dear friend. 

The readings continued as 
those uncomfortable, at first, to 
read found themselves caught 
up in the amotions of the room. 
Alexa Reed read from variant 
poems on both pain and the joy 
of coupling, while Michael 
Knight lacked only the motley 
vest to appear the jester for us 
all. French classes were talked 
of, but only in absence. Most 
of us dreamt, as teens, of ever 
having our own 'routine' with 
our friends, that wish was tick- 
led into flesh by both Tanya M. 
Pickney and Erlinda Bodden. 
These women created an air of 
sound and emotion, felt as 
closely as a call home. 

Academic advisor to the En- 
glish Club, Dr. Ruwe, was 
cheered to the microphone to 
read poems that illustrated the 
exhasperation of effort in her 
ail-too often overlooked profes- 
sion and the uncaring gears of 
time. I recall clapping excep- 
tionally loud, being quite im- 
pressed by the performance. It 
is the one thing to be entertained 
by so many of my classmates, 
but by teachers as well? It was 

indeed a strange and delightful 

Some participants would 
never have read in front of an 
audienceof close friends or 
(unlikelier still) understanding 
relatives. Yet these too were 
enjoyed as they took the spot- 
light for a partner and danced its 
shoes off for our delight. Lisa 
Milewski, Amy (her last name 
wasn't on the list, so now she has 
only one name, like Prince, Ma- 
donna, or ABBA), Mark Vital 
and Tieu Ing all made us laugh 
and hush as no one else could, 
to devour every word that they 
uttered. Let me mention here 
that the refreshments were great 
because Becky Gill, my gestalt 
co-chair, and I made them. They 
were cookies. 

There is a belief, it seems, 
that anyone can be a poet. This, 
we saw through the Siam, was 
not the case. Not anyone can 
take pen to pad, write down 
something that you shall carry 
with you when all else fails, to 
brighten the dark and sad times, 
or sharpen the dull ones. This is 
not an ability every person pos- 
sesses. But you'd be surprised 
who is capable of these power- 
fully talented feats. I sure was, 
and happily surprised at that. 

It is all too often that life 
gives us what we expect, offer- 
ing no surprises and nothing 
genuine. In the Pub that night, 
however, we were all given a 
new vision of our campus and 
its constituents. We are not all 
poets, nor need we be. But some 
of the people you pass everyday 
could very well touch your life 
in a way you will never forget. 
This connection, a cathartic and 
almost primally civil one, was 
made. Not one of us walked out 

In April, there will be a sec- 
ond Poetry Slam, encompassing 
not just poetry but prose as well. 
I anticipate seeing more than the 
first reading, fresh faces and new 
voices. I also look forward to 
meeting all of the entertainers I 
met that night, for the first time, 

Howard Stern stars as himself in Private Parts 



April 2, 1997 

PAGE 15 



Yesterday marked Opening 
Day and finally after a five 
month self induced hibernation 
my thoughts can finally turn to 
curveballs instead of snowballs 
(excluding yesterday of course), 
pitchers warming up in the 
bullpen instead of my hands 
warming up over the radiator 
and wondering when the Red 
Sox will be officially eliminated 
from the Pennant Race. (I'm 
guessing by July. 4th) 

During the off-season many 
American League teams im- 
proved themselves such as the 
White Sox with the acquisition 
of Albert Belle (.3 11 48 148) and 
Jamie Navarro ( 1 5- 1 2 3 .92).The 
Indians also look strong after ac- 
quiring Marquis Grissom(.308 
23 74) and David Justice (,321 
6 25) in a trade made just last 
week, with Kenny Lofton (.317 
14 67) going to the Braves. 

Among the rest of the teams, 
Kansas City picked up former 
Pirates Jay Bell (.250 13 71) and 
Jeff King (.271 30 11) and 
former Angel Chili Davis (.292 
28 95), who is entering his six- 
teenth season in the majors.' 
Oakland reunited the Bash 
Brothers when Jose Canseco 
(.289 28 82) came over in a trade 
from the Red Sox. He and Mark 
McGwire (.312 52 113) should 
provide fireworks in the AL 

The Blue Jays are top con- 
tenders after they picked up 
former Crimson Hose Roger 
Clemens (10-13 3.63), Carlos 
Garcia (.285 6 44) and Orlando 
Merced (.287 17 80) two more 
former. Pirates, and Benito 
Santiago (.264 30 85) who last 
season toiled for the pitiful 
Philadelphia Phillies. 

The Seattle Mariners look 
very strong with Ken Griffey Jr. 
(.303 49 140), Jay Buhner (.271 
44 138) and MVP runner-up 
Alex Rodriguez (.358 36 123) 
who at 21 is probably the "best 
young player on the planet", ac- 
cording to ESPN's Peter 

The defending World Series 
champion New York Yankees 
picked up former Oriole David 
Wells (11-14 5.14) while the 
Orioles picked up Jimmy Key 
(12-11) and Eric Davis (.287 26 
83) who was named the NL's 
comeback player of the year last 

In the National League the 
Dodgers boast the best pitching 
staff west of the Mississippi with 
Ramon Martinez (15-6 3.42), 
Hideo Nomo (16-11 3.19), 
Ishmael Valdes (15-7) and Pedro 
Astacio (9-8 3.44) and with 
MVP runner-up Mike Piazza 
(.336 36 105) and a healthy Brett 
Butler (.267 8) look for them 
to dominate the NL West. 

The aforementioned Braves 
still have the best pitching in the 
league and boast the last three 
pitchers to capture Cy Young 
honors in John Smoltz (24-8 
2.94), Greg Maddux (15-11 
2.72) and Tommy Glavine (15- 
10 2.98). Let's not forget Lofton 
who is the best lead off man in 
the game. 

The Colorado Rockies will 
continue to hit homerun after 
homerun in Coors Field, but un- 
less they get some solid pitch- 
ing they will finish no better than 
third behind the Dodgers and the 
much improved San Diego Pa- 

Then there are the Florida 
Marlins who spent over $90 mil- 
lion dollars in obtaining the ser- 
vices of Alex Fernandez (16-10 
•3.45), Bobby Bonilla (.287 28 
116) and Moises Alou (.281 21 
96) among others. 

The NL Central looks like a 
battle between the Cardinals, 
Reds and Astros. The Cardinals 
will still rely on bullpen ace 
Dennis Eckersley (30 saves, 
3.30) and now have more speed 
with Delino Deshields (.224 5 
41) in the lineup. The Reds wel- 
comed back Neon Deion Sand- 
ers and probably have the best 
shortstop in the NL in Barry 
Larkin (.298 33 89). The Astros 
will have to rely more than ever 
on the Killer Bs, Bagwell, Bell, 
Berry and Biggio, but Shane 
Reynolds (16-10 3.65) is a po- 
tential 20-game winner and Sid 
Fernandez (3-6 3.43) looks solid 
after an injury plagued '96. 

The 1997 baseball season 
will definitely provide fans with 
some solid pennant races and 
before I forget here are my pre- 
dictions for the upcoming sea- 
son. .See you at the ballpark this 

AL East - Baltimore 
AL Central - Cleveland 
AL West - Seattle 
AL Wild Card - Chicago 
NL East - Atlanta 
NL Central - St. Louis 
NL West - Los Angeles 
NL Wild Card - Florida 

Lord of the Ninjas Discovered 

by the Playmaker 

On March 25, the greatest fighters in the world gathered in the Game Room of the Hammond Building 
to find out who would reign supreme. The method to discover this king of the rough and tumble was 
Tekken II, the lording street fighting game in arcades everywhere. With a cast of up to 20 characters to 
choose from, all with their own fighting style, the combinations to win or lose was awesome. Sixteen 
students participated in this competition. 

After separating the chumps from the champions, the fighting extravaganza boiled down to three 
blood thirsty combatants: Mason Fitch, Shelly Coon, and Brendan Murray. With Mason and Brendan 
dueling as the same character, supercop Lei Wulong, and Shelly as the mechanical nightmare Jack-2, the 
fights were furious. Mason made quick work of Brendan in their first round sending Brendan with one 
loss to the losers bracket. Yet Shelly dispatched of Mason with powerful swipes of the fists, sending him 
to the losers bracket with one loss. Advising Brendan to not pick Wang (a folly Brendan made in a 
previous tournament), Mason jinxed himself and picked a character he had no experience with, Paul 
Phoenix. With Mason not accustomed to the character, Brendan once again, fought with the lord of the 
lay down Lei Wulong. With a tempest of leg work, Brendan took out Mason, eliminating him from the 
competition. With one loss Brendan now had to fight Shelly. With Brendan as Lei and Shelly as Jack-2 
the final battle raged. With two wins in a row, Jack-2 was sent to the scrapyard, and Lei emerged victori- 

So, Mason Fitch, the two tournament reigning champion, was dethroned and came in third. Shelly 
Coon came in a close second, a new terror to be reckoned with in future tournaments. Finally, Brendan 
"Lord of the Ninjas" Murray, who came in second in two previous tournaments, found the third time to be 
the charm, and came in first. His victory spoils came in the form of 20 dollars in quarters. When asked to 
comment, Brendan had simply this to say: I rule!. 

The Student Center is hosting tournaments each week in the Hammond Building Gameroom for all 
who would participate. First prize is twenty dollars in quarters. The schedule is as follows: 

April 8- Marvel Superheros 6:30pm 
April 15- Table Tennis 6:30pm 
April 24-Darts (in the pub) 6:30pm 

There is also a five week 9-ball tournament currently being held in the gameroom each week at 6:30pm. 
Prizes for this tournament include a hundred dollar gift certificate to the bookstore, and a Walmart gift 
certificate. Sign up for all tournaments in the gameroom. 

Intramural Corner 

by Brian Bicknell 
Intramural Director 

Intramural Soccer 

The past few weeks provided 
many thrills in Intramural Soc- 
cer as two of the top teams battled 
in McKay Gymnasium. The 
highly anticipated game between 
Spacecoast United and the 
Bombed Squad was dubbed the 
"Game of the Decade" by Intra- 
mural Timer/Scorer Ashley Aube and matched up some of the 
best players on the court such as Nate Arnold, John Toney, Pat 
Baldwin, Steve Grico, Phil Conroy and Steve Curtis. 

The Bombed Squad had a solid strategy that proved to be the 
key to the game. Instead of putting Toney on Arnold they had 
Tom Smart shadow him all over the place. Last year when Smart 
was on another squad he shut down Toney with his physical de- 
fensive play. Toney remembered this and had him play Arnold. 
The plan worked perfectly as Arnold failed to score a goal. In the 
other big matchup between Grico and Baldwin, Grico shut down 
Baldwin and managed to score five goals in the process. 

Disabilities Awareness Intramurals 

During the month of April the Intramural Department will be 
having a wide variety of activities to celebrate Disabilities Aware- 
ness Month here at Fitchburg State. On April 2 there will be a 
one-armed polo-ball tournament on the Quad. On April 9 there 
will be a go-ball tournament in Parkinson Tournament. This is a 
game similar to soccer, except the participants will be wearing 
blindfolds to simulate being blind. On April 16 one-armed vol- 
leyball will take place and on April 23 the Bay State Wheelers 
will be in town to take on all challengers in front of a star-stud- 
ded crowd in Parkinson Gymnasium. For those of you who are 
interested in competing in our Disabilities Awareness Intramurals 
please see me in the Intramural office or call me at 665-3726. T- 
shirts will be given out to the Champions along with Gold, Sil- 
ver and Bronze medals to the first, second and third place teams 

Special Olympic Fun Day 

On April 3 there will be some athletes from Special Olympics 
visiting our campus. They will be competing down at the Eliot 
Fields in a variety of Track & Field events. We will matching up 
their athletes with our own students. 

If you are interested in participating in the Special Olympics 
please contact me in the Intramural office. 

Upcoming FSC Action 

Wednesday April 2 

Baseball at Nichols College 



Softball vs. Bridgewater (2) 



Thursday April 3 

Baseball vs. New England 



Softball at Emmanuel College 



Saturday April 5 

Baseball at Salem State College 




Softball at Salem State College 




Men and Women's Outdoor Track - 



FSC co-ed invitational 

Monday April 7 

Baseball vs. Franklin Pierce 



Quote of the Week 

"You always get a special kick on opening day, no mat- 
ter how many you go through. You look forward to it 
like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think some- 
thing wonderful is going to happen." 

- Joe Dimaggio 



April 2, 1997 

PAGE 16 

So close, and yet 


The Fitchburg State College 
Hockey Team may have lost in 
the ECAC North/Central/South 
Championship game on March 
1 2. but they worked extremely 
hard to get to that point in the 
season. The team was put to the 
test and had some defining mo- 
ments in their playoff run. 

"I am proud of this team," 
said Coach Dean Fuller "We 
were down and out. Everybody 
had us buried when we were 3- 
6-1 and came back and pulled it 
together and played well in the 

The Falcons squared off 
against the Lancers of Worces- 
ter State in what proved to be 
one of their closest and most 
exciting games of the year in the 
quarter finals at the Wallace 
Civic Center. The game was 
back and fourth through all three 
periods and it seemed that the 
Lancers just might win until Jeff 
DuRoss stepped up to score the 
game tying goal with the help of 
Eric Short and Kevin Lizotte 
with 2:54 left in the third period. 

Captain Damon Moore and 
Joe Centrella set up Rob Lavery 
in front of the net to win the 
game 6-5 in overtime. Their 
backs were to the wall but they 
did not let down and their efforts 
were rewarded with a home, 
semifinal game against the other 
FSC, Framingham State Col- 

"I really enjoyed it, 
myself,"said Fuller "We had 
good crowd. It was a big game 
for Worcester, getting back into 

• •• 

the tournament and it was good 
having them back because it is a 
great rivalry." 

In the semifinal battle of the 
FSC's the Falcons showed their 
offensive fire power while cruis- 
ing to 5-2 victory and their 
fourth straight trip to the ECAC 
N/C/S Finals. 

Lavery and Captain Dan 
Genatossio each had two goals 
in the victory while Moore re- 
corded one. Captain Aaron 
Abitz also made a difference by 
making 34 saves and earning his 
ninth straight playoff victory. 

"For the most part we did not 
break down defensively the 
whole night," said Fuller "What 
they got they earned." 

It was no surprise when the 
Falcons found out that they 
would face the U-Mass 
Dartmouth Corsairs in the 
Championship game at the Civic 
Center. This was the third 
straight year that the Falcons and 
Corsairs had duked it out in the 
ECAC N/C/S Finals. U-Mass 
won in 1995 while the Falcons 
won in overtime last year. The 
falcons kept their ground until 
the Corsairs blew it open in the 
third period by scoring four 
goals to win the game 6-3. 
Jarrod DiBona received the 
MVP after racking up two goals 
and two- assists for U-Mass. 

"I thought they out played us. 
We had our chances and and 
Abitz kept us in there... They just 
did a great job." said Fuller 

Despite the loss the Falcons 
had a great season and and will 
be sad to see seniors like 
Genatossio, Abitz, Centrella, 
and John Cherubini go, but they 
will be back next year with more 
experience and a few new faces. 
The Falcons are sure to remain 
a powerhouse in the ECAC 
North and will more than likely 
have another successful season 
next year. 

Softball Season Preview 

by Dean Rios 
Staff Writer 

Last season the LadyFalcons 
finished at 8-17 and this season 
hope to make it to .500 with five 
returning starters and ten rook- 
ies. Junior shortstop Kim Nolan 
(.356 24 runs scored) returns as 
the team's all-time stolen base 
leader and has swiped 42 bases 
over her first two years at FSC. 
Senior captain Diane Horwath 
finished last season with a .346 
batting average and had nine 
doubles and 18 RBI - the sec- 
ond and sixth best figures, re- 
spectively, in single season 
school history. An equally potent 
defensive player Horwath 
boasted an impressive .960 field- 
ing percentage last season and 
will be sharing team leadership 
duties with senior co-captain 
Kathy Herriott. Herriott, an out- 
fielder, is finishing up her four 
year career at FSC and has sto- 
len 18 bases and scored 46 runs, 
which is eighth all-time in 
school history. 

Junior Melanie Creamer has 
shown steady improvement her 
first two seasons playing for the 
LadyFalcons. As a freshman she 
batted .326 and in her sopho- 
more campaign improved to 
.344 and is currently 12th in 
school history with 28 RBI. This 
season Creamer will move from 
behind the plate and will patrol 
centerfield for coach Lisa-Ann 
Wallace. Another strong con- 
tributor for FSC will be sopho- 
more Jill Remick who hit .276 
with 15 runs scored and will be 
backed up by freshmen Brandy 
LeBlanc and Jessica LeFalam. 

Freshman Tara Herrick will 
don the "tools of ignorance" for 
the LadyFalcons and assume the 
catching duties, helping to 
smooth the transition of Creamer 
to the outfield. During her high 
school career Herrick was an 
Enterprise Ail-Star, Shriners AU- 
Star and team captain for the 
Leominster Lancers. Junior 
Tarra Martinez will backup 
Herrick behind the plate and will 
catch freshman Wendy Keegan 

and sophomore Denise Rogers 
who look to log major innings 
on the mound. Infield defense 
will be provided by freshman 
Stephanie DiGirolamo, Megan 
Barrett, Bonnie MacDonald and 
Jennifer Mullins. 

Head coach Lisa Ann 
Wallace brings a team which 
shows great potential. Last sea- 
son the team batted .306 as a 
team and also posted a .401 on- 
base percentage. 

Early Season Update 

The team lost all of its games 
during their stay in Florida, but 
came back to defeat Nichols 
College last week 6-5. Kim 
Nolan currently leads the team 
with four stolen bases while 
Brandy LeBlanc leads the team 
with six runs scored. Wendy 
Keegan is off to a slow 1 -6 start, 
but does lead the team with 1 9 
strikeouts. Denise Rogers has 
posted a .277 batting average 
and a 4.12 ERA for the 


FSC stolen base leader - Kim Nolan 

Photo courtesy of Dave Marsh 

FSC Hockey stars garner All-star honors 

Fitchburg State forwards Joe 
Centrella and Dan 
Genatossio and defenseman 
Damon Moore recently were 
named to the ECAC's North all- 
star hockey team. Genatossio, 
FSC's second leading scorer of 
all time, was also named the 
Player of the Year. Freshman 
Jeff Duross capped off his 
amazing first year with FSC by 
being named the Rookie of the 
Year in the ECAC North. 

In 28 games Duross scored 
29 goals and recorded 30 assists 
for 59 points. The 29 goals and 
59 points are Fitchburg State 
rookie records. Duross was also 
named ECAC North Rookie of 
the week three times during the 
season and led the ECAC North 
in scoring with 37 points. 

Centrella, a right winger for 
FSC's 18-9-1 squad, finished his 
second and final season as one 

of the college's all-time great 
playmakers. With 17 goals and 
52 assists for 69 points, Centrella 
recorded the fourth best scoring 
year in sehool history and broke 
Fitchburg State's single season 
assist record, formerly by Joe 
Gurney who had 43 in 1986- 
87. Centrella led the nation in 
Division III in assists this year 
and ranked third in the country 
in scoring. 

In just two seasons Centrella 
racked up 84 assists and 117 
points for the Falcons to rank 
ninth and 15th in school history 
in those two categories. 

Moore, meanwhile, earned 
his accolades as a defenseman, 
though he played both center an 
defense for the Falcons this year. 
A team captain as a junior, 
Moore racked up 14 goals and 
43 assists for 57 points this year. 
Last season he had 33 points 
playing strictly defense. He fin- 

ished third in the nation in as- 
sists per game and ninth in scor- 
ing. Moore was also named to 
the All-MASCAC Second 

Moore, Genatossio and 
Centrella were also picked for 
the New England Hockey Writ- 
ers Association Division 3 All- 
Star team and Genatossio and 
senior goalie Aaron Abitz par- 
ticipated in the Eastern College 
Division Senior Ail-Star Game 
at Plattsburg (N.Y) last week. 
The game pitted the best Divi- 
sion 2 and 3 seniors in the North- 

Genatossio who was named 
student athlete of the week twice 
this season finished his FSC ca- 
reer with 108 goals (1st all-time 
-tied) and 104 assists (5th all- 
time) and his 2 1 2 points put him 
second on the all-time scoring 
list behind Gurney who scored 
240 points from 1984-88.